Using IXL in Your Classroom

September 18, 2012

In the Classroom

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You might have familiarized yourself with some of IXL’s features by now, so you know what IXL can do.  But how do you take advantage of it?

Not only is IXL the perfect tool for math practice, but it’s also easy to implement in your classroom!  In fact, we’re amazed at the fun ideas teachers come up with.  You just might discover your own creative use for IXL!

In the meantime, here are some ideas to get you started:

  • Drive the lesson home.  Reinforce lessons taught in class by assigning them for homework.  Parents often comment on how much their children enjoy practicing at home—so much so, it’s hard to drag them away when it’s time for bed!  Plus, you can check out the Class Goals and Recent Skills reports the next morning to see whether students completed the assignment, and how well they did.  No grading required!
  • Get (inter)active.  Project IXL onto your interactive whiteboard and complete problems as a whole class.  This is especially helpful as review before an upcoming test.  You can even turn math practice into a competition.  For added fun, make it a relay race—the fastest team with the most correct answers wins!  Students will love the opportunity to show off what they’ve learned.
  • Make lab time fun.  IXL is accessible from any computer with an internet connection, so take advantage of it.  Students can spend an exciting hour in the computer lab doing interactive math problems while honing their computer skills.  Lucky for you, our real-time updates tell you everything you need to know about their progress, including whether they stayed on task.

Thanks to its flexibility, you can use IXL in a variety of ways to support all of your teaching needs.  Now ready, set, go!

How do you use IXL in your classroom?  We’d love to hear from you!

{ 15 comments… read them below or add one }

Michael September 22, 2012 at 8:35 am

Here are a bunch of ways I am using IXL in my classroom (differentiation, setting learning targets, creating small groups using reports). I had to start a blog because teachers in my district all want to know how I’m doing it….

http://geckoteam.com/blog/?cat=9

This section of my blog is all about IXL and how I’m using it.

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Joana September 25, 2012 at 8:00 pm

I use ixl in my classroom to do math I love IXL

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Joana September 25, 2012 at 8:01 pm

You rock

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mequel cabrera October 5, 2012 at 3:11 pm

my kid loves this

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Chloe September 25, 2012 at 10:51 pm

this is a greaat site

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gabby October 6, 2012 at 12:30 pm

I totally agree with Chloe ! !

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harley April 11, 2014 at 7:40 am

i agree with Chloe to

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austin October 5, 2012 at 11:37 am

i like ixl but it needs games

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gabby October 6, 2012 at 12:28 pm

hey Austin, we get virtual prizes for completing a skill. Is’n't that enough?

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gabby October 6, 2012 at 12:25 pm

I LOVE IXL

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harley April 11, 2014 at 7:42 am

me to do you want be friends

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michelle January 13, 2014 at 8:43 am

How does everyone assign the activity? Do you set a certain smart goal the student must reach? Do you assign a certain number of problems? Do you assign a time limit? Just looking to see what everyone does and what is the best strategy.

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Kathy December 1, 2014 at 12:53 pm

Do you have students each create and account? I have a math teacher trying this out and it is slow, but the students do not have individual accounts. thanks, kb

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The IXL Blog December 1, 2014 at 1:10 pm

Hi Kathy, the teacher can enter his or her students into the Roster tab, and our system will automatically generate accounts for them. If you’d like someone to walk you through this process, please email help@ixl.com or call us at (877) 282-4400 ext. 1!

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kb December 4, 2014 at 9:37 am

thanks – I will pass on this information.

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